What are the best must-read books about global health?

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    #1Mountains Beyond Mountains

    Mountains Beyond Mountains

    Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World is a non-fiction health book written by Tracy Kidder. In this book, the author tells the true story of Dr. Paul Farmer.

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    Susana Castellanos
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World was a book I sincerely enjoyed reading. Learning about Dr. Paul Farmer changed the way I look at modern medicine and the way we live our lives. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in global health."
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    #2Silent Spring

    Silent Spring
    Silent Spring is a book by biologist Rachel Carson. First published in 1962, it advocates for environmental conservation by raising awareness about the dangers of chemicals to humans, animals, and the environment.
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    Jose Weaver
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This solution is excellent for must-read books about global health. It is written by a biologist and discusses environmental dangers to all life on the planet."
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    #3The Invisible Cure

    The Invisible Cure

    The Invisible Cure: Africa, the West, and the Fight Against AIDS is a non-fiction book about health written by Helen C. Epstein. This was published in 2007. In this book, the author highlights the main issues being faced with AIDS.

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    Ed Tang
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This book is an excellent look into the health issues the world faces. It helps to give insight on how other countries handle outbreaks and shows how similar people from other continents are"
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    #4The Ghost Map

    The Ghost Map

    The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World is a nonfiction history book written by Steven Johnson. Published in 2006 by Riverhead Books.

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    Surabhi Patel
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I loved this book. The description was clear."
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    #5And the Band Played On

    And the Band Played On
    As the greatest health crisis of the 20th century, the AIDS spread at the United States was something the US health care system wasn't prepared for. This book, one of the bests on this topic, is a deep investigation on how it spreaded so fast among the US. 
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    Nicholas Martinez
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This was particularly a good read for me because I just watched a documentary about the AIDS epidemic. It focuses on the spread in the US region. The book has also been well received by the community. I recommend this book if anyone has been affected by this disease."
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    #6Reimagining Global Health

    Reimagining Global Health

    Reimagining Global Health: An Introduction is a non-fiction book about health edited by Paul Farmer, Arthur Kleinman, Jim Kim, and Matthew Basilico. This was originally published in 2013.

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    Douglas Hansen
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "If you're at all interested in global health, you have to buy this book! It provides an in-depth analysis which covers the history (so you get a great background) as well as discussing the theory in a compelling manner. You can tell the authors know their subject, and that comes through in a fascinating read. Highly recommended!"
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    #7The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a non-fiction book by Rebecca Skloot. It tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, whose cells were unknowingly taken from her and used in medical research. These cells have outlived her for 60 years.
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    Thomas Richards
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This story escaped me for years but I sure am glad I got around to reading it. It touches on the subject of health care and what it means for the individual and how we must do more to protect what is ours. Incredible true story. "
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    #8Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

    Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

    This book by Atul Gawande discusses the most challenging part of his profession which is the improvement of medicine to one's life and how it can provide a good life and a good end. He also explores the limitations of his profession.

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    Austin Guerrero
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This book is mostly aimed at physicians or people who have family members in hospice care. It's really focused more on aging and terminal illnesses, rather than global health and everyday healthcare. Even though the book is very well rated everywhere, it wasn't exactly what I was looking for."
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    #928 Stories of AIDS in Africa

    28 Stories of AIDS in Africa
    This book contains 28 different personal histories of real people struggling with HIV. Each of these stories is accompanied by a picture oh his or her protagonist, to help create the feeling that this terrible disease may be around us, in people we would never think of. 
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    Jerry Hughes
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "AIDS is a global problem, and this book provides 28 stories that highlight just how devastating the disease can be. It's a must read."
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    #10Medical Industrial Complex

    Medical Industrial Complex

    Medical Industrial Complex: The $ickness Industry, Big Pharma and Suppressed Cures is a conspiracy theory book written by James Morcan, Lance Morcan, and Denis Toovey. Published in 2015 by Sterling Gate.

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    Samuel Ryan
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Probably the most eye opening book about the subject. I usually tend to read different genres than this, but got into global health after a news article and this is definitely the best book that helped me understand it and what really opened my eyes."
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    #11The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus

    The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus

    The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus by Richard Preston discusses how the life-threatening Ebola outbreak has started and how it affects human beings. This book also raises awareness about the frightening virus. 

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    Cristina Jaramillo
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I think this book is kind of on the topic I wanted. It is about a real life global health issue so I feel like the solution is in line with what I want. I like that it finds something similar so that's a good job."
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    #12Viruses: What Doesn't Kill Them Makes Us Weaker

    Viruses: What Doesn't Kill Them Makes Us Weaker

    Viruses: What Doesn't Kill Them Makes Us Weaker (The Layman's Guide to Medical School: Viruses Book 1) is a non-fiction book written by Colleen Fleshman. It was first published in 2015 and provides an introduction to how viruses infect us.

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    Julia Jensen
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I would recommend Viruses: What Doesn't Kill Them Makes Us Weaker to anyone who has ever gotten sick and wondered what was going on inside of you to make you feel so bad. It covers viruses in a way that the regular person can understand and grasp the terminology and the explanations. I never knew there was such a difference between the bacterial infection and the virus and why one can be treated with an antibiotic and the other needs a completely different approach. I have found it to be a great foundation for understanding the nature of colds and how they work. Great book to read to be informed. "
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    #13March of the Microbes: Sighting the Unseen

    March of the Microbes: Sighting the Unseen

    March of the Microbes: Sighting the Unseen is a non-fiction book written by John L. Ingraham. First published in 2010 by Belknap Press under 0674064097, it focuses on the probable effects and the power of microbes.

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    Marie Davis
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I love this book because it have true events and information. I love how good the book is and it is great to read when you by yourself."
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    #14The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health

    The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health
    The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health is a non-fiction book written by David R. Montgomery and Anne Biklé. First published in 2015, it focuses on microbes and how it can revolutionize agriculture and medicine.

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    Mildred Gardner
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I was captivated reading about the parallels between microbe interaction with plants, humans and animals. There is much still left to be explored in the world of nature. I am not normally one to pick up this type of book as it is a bit over my head, but it was intellectually satisfying to say the least!"
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    #15An Unnatural History of Emerging Infections

    An Unnatural History of Emerging Infections
    An Unnatural History of Emerging Infections is a non-fiction book written by Ron Barrett, George Armelagos. First published in 2013, it highlights the human infectious diseases from the Neolithic to the present day.
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    Nicole Boyd
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Who knew how many diseases existed from ten thousand years ago until now. It was truely remarkable to see how infections spread and what caused them. It might be a tough read for some, but it was intense and short. It really allows you to find out what has been going on in the world and how these diseases came to be."
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    #16Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA

    Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA

    Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA is a non-fiction book written by Maryn McKenna. First published in 2010 by Free Press, it discusses the possible threats from the superbug methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

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    Abel Velasco
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This is a grim book about the dangers of the MRSA virus, covering its history as we understand it and possible tangents on where it's going. Very in-depth and enlightening."

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Best What are the best must-read books about global health
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Mountains Beyond MountainsBooks 30 Paid
2Silent SpringBooks 27 Paid
3The Invisible CureBooks 25 Paid
4The Ghost MapBooks 24 Paid
5And the Band Played OnBooks 22 Paid
6Reimagining Global HealthBooks 21 Paid
7The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksBooks 19 Paid
8Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the EndBooks 18 Paid
928 Stories of AIDS in AfricaBooks 16 Paid
10Medical Industrial ComplexBooks 15 Paid
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